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Jontay Porter's lawyer says ex-NBA player was treated for gambling addiction after suspension

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), former NBA player Jontay Porter is undergoing treatment for a gambling addiction following his permanent suspension from the league in April.

“Jontay is a good young man with strong faith that will get him through this,” said Jeff Jensen, a federal prosecutor in St. Louis. “He was overwhelmed by his gambling addiction. He is in treatment and is fully cooperating with law enforcement.”

Porter was banned for life by the NBA after a league investigation found that the 24-year-old limited his own playing time in games for betting purposes and shared confidential information with sports bettors.

This included a game between the Toronto Raptors and the Sacramento Kings on March 20, during which Porter disclosed information about his health to a bettor, who then placed a special bet worth $80,000 that would have paid out just over $1 million if certain statistical thresholds were met.

Porter claimed he was unwell and left the game after about three minutes, although a betting office prevented the bettor from cashing out his winnings due to the suspicious activity.

On Monday, a man was arrested at New York's JFK airport in connection with Porter's sports betting scheme, as the former NBA player allegedly amassed “large” gambling debts (via Aaron Katersky of ESPN).

There are no charges against Porter in this case.